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Hebrews 10:26-39

Key Verse: Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which hasa great reward.Foryou have need of endurance, so thatwhen you have done the will of God you mayreceive what is promised. Hebrews 10:35-36
Journaling Prompt: Have you ever been shamed or persecuted for your faith? 
We know in the book of Hebrews, the writer is addressing three different groups of Jewish exiles: Christians, those who are intellectually convinced, and those who don't believe.  Compare Hebrews 10:26-39 to Hebrews 6:1-12.  After reading these passages, which groups is the writer addressing.  Why do you think so? 
Make two lists to describe the actions of (v. 26) those who go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth and (v. 32) those who are enlightened.  What attitude/actions underlie both groups?  Have you witnessed these in your life or the lives of others? 
Hebrews 10:30 quotes Deuteronomy 32:35 where vengeance belongs to the Lord.  Romans 12:19 quotes this same verse through 21 o…

Hebrews 10:19-25

Hebrews 10:19-25

Key Verses:   “Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that He opened for us through the curtain, that is through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us”  Hebrews 10:19-22

·Read Hebrews 10:19-25 out loud.  In this passage, the author of Hebrews begins to transition to a different theme.  What do you notice about the shift?  What does the author seem to be calling his readers to?
·According to verses 19-21, why can we confidently enter the holy places? What is the “therefore” referring to?
·Confidence (Gr. Parrēsia) as used in verse 19 can mean “1. Freedom in speaking, unreservedness in speech; 2. Free and fearless confidence, cheerful courage, boldness, assurance.” 
oWhat do you think it means to enter God’s presence with freedom, courage, or boldness?  Are there limits in how we can approach God?
oDo you approach God with such confidence?  If not, what gets …

Hebrews 10:1-18

Key Verse: Hebrews 10:14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified. 
The sacrificial system is referenced multiple times in the first 18 verses of chapter 10.  Read through the chapter carefully and make notes about what you learn about it.  We know that these sacrifices are referencing the blood of bulls and goats as commanded by the law (see verses 4 and 10). What would the modern day equivalent of sacrificing to God be?  Do people still try to earn God's favor and blessing in any way? If someone knew what this passage teaches about the effectiveness of sacrifices taking away sin are they wasting their time? 
Verse 10:2 says that the sacrificial system would have stopped but people still feel guilt over sin and felt compelled to keep offering.  As a Christian do you struggle with guilt over things that Jesus has already forgiven?  Which verse in this passage can give you confidence that He does not hold it against you and no other offer…